The management of forests in Scotland and the processing of Scottish timber contributes a GVA of £771m to the Scottish economy. Recreational and tourism associated with our forests adds a further £183m. The total contribution to GVA is £954m (0.8% of Scottish GVA).
Total employment associated with the sector is 25,867 FTE jobs around 80% of which derive from forestry and timber processing.
Incorporating the growing of tree seedlings within nurseries to
the planting, managing and harvesting of forests, the sector
provides an economic foundation for many rural communities.
Other sub-sectors include the value-added downstream
activities of sawmilling, pulp and paper production, panel and
board manufacturing, and the development and production of higher
value goods such as engineered wood products.
Scotland's Forest and Timber Industries also make use of
imported timber in manufacturing and the development of engineered
timber products. The contribution of the forestry and timber
industries as a whole will therefore be substantially
The Forest and Timber Industries also play an important but often
unrecognised role in a number of supply chains and other
• Providing timber as a raw material to be used in
• Providing a clean and renewable Energy source for Biomass
• Acting as a significant leisure and Tourism destination
for walking, mountain biking, riding etc.
• Opportunities also exist with Chemical Sciences and
Textiles around utililisation of cellulose.
It is anticipated that Scotland's forestry industry will continue
to grow substantially during the next decade. It is SSFT's aim to
encourage innovation in the use of timber and timber products from
Scotland. We will continue to bring businesses together with
research, processors and consumer bodies to explore what is
technically possible, and to answer the needs of consumers and
The SFTT commissioned report on the economic contribution of the forestry sector in Scotland was published in November 2015.
The report can be found here